West LA Online published a press release announcing the re-opening of the Venice Pier today!
I’ve missed the Pier. I live in that neighborhood, and one of my favorite weekend activities was to wander down there with a Cow’s End coffee. Now, I can resume
checking out the surfers watching the sunset from the spot where Michael Douglas met his unfortunate end in Falling Down.
Actually, I always lose twenty, thirty minutes on the pier, just watching people. I like seeing the families that come from all over L.A. – and all over the country – to visit Venice Beach. I admire the patience of the fishermen, who never catch anything in my presence. And I think one of the common pastimes to anyone on a coast, is just to stare off into the distance, thinking about how much ocean there is out there. It took me months to adjust to the Pacific, without islands or mountains in the distance to break up the ocean, but I got used to it by looking west from the Venice Pier.
So I’m happy to let you all know – the Venice Pier is back. Yay!